Ben Smith

Ben Smith is a two time Emmy award winning weekday meteorologist on WHNT News 19 This Morning. He brings 17 years of television experience to the table.

Ben is a certified broadcast meteorologist originally from Fredericksburg, Virginia. He says he's always been interested in weather from grade school, tracking snowstorms up the east coast and doing weather on the morning announcements in high school. After graduating high school, he attended East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina where in 1996 he received a bachelor's degree in Communications and a minor in Geography.

Ben landed his first on-air job right out of college at WNCT-TV in Greenville, NC where he did weather for five years. While working at WNCT, he went back to school and received a certificate in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University. Ben has also worked in Chattanooga and Birmingham, where he worked at WIAT-42 from 2001-2003. Ben was the Chief Meteorologist at WSAV in Savannah, Georgia for four years. From there, he worked for WFTV in Orlando, Florida.

Ben has been involved in the direct landfalls of several hurricanes including Bertha, Bonnie, Dennis, Fran and Floyd in 1999. Along with the WNCT staff, he was honored to be awarded the prestigious National Edward R. Murrow Award for continuous coverage of Hurricane Floyd.

Ben holds seals from the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association and also has the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) seal of approval as well. He also serves on the National Weather Association seal evaluation committee.

In his spare time, Ben watches sports (the N.Y. Jets & Virginia Cavaliers). He also enjoys working out, going to church, and the beach.

Recent Articles

  • Plan for Heavy Rain on Halloween Afternoon, Evening

    Posted on: 2:22 pm, October 30, 2013, by , updated on: 02:33pm, October 30, 2013

    Here is the latest timing on rain Thursday evening. Be prepared to get wet  especially along and west of I-65....
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  • Halloween Forecast: The Latest on Rain, Storms

    Posted on: 10:18 am, October 29, 2013, by

    Tuesday Morning Update: This is subject to change as Halloween approaches. This is how it looks right now. Check back for further...
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  • Here Comes More Rain

    Posted on: 5:00 pm, July 5, 2013, by

    Rain has increased in coverage over the last few showers. As of 3pm, the heaviest rain falls along I-565 from...
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    Rain at 3:05 p.m. Friday
  • Grab an Umbrella For Independence Day

    Posted on: 4:12 pm, July 2, 2013, by

    (WHNT) – Big changes start in the forecast Wednesday, after a quiet evening tonight with low rain chances over north...
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  • Storms Today, Less Humid Friday

    Posted on: 9:51 am, June 13, 2013, by

    (WHNT) – It was a steamy Wednesday with highs in the middle to upper 90s for some. With a cold...
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  • Strong Storms Possible Thursday

    Posted on: 9:39 am, June 12, 2013, by

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) – Heat has been the big story as of late, but we need to keep in mind...
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  • Heat Advisory Today For Part of Tennessee Valley

    Posted on: 9:30 am, June 12, 2013, by

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) – The National Weather Service in Huntsville has put a portion of north Alabama under a *heat...
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  • Severe Weather To The West Today

    Posted on: 11:06 am, May 21, 2013, by , updated on: 11:07am, May 21, 2013

    This afternoon we might see a pop up thunderstorm, but most areas stay dry today with highs in the upper...
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  • More Rain Monday, Cooler Temperatures Too

    Posted on: 8:32 am, May 6, 2013, by

    An areal flood watch is up until 6pm this evening for mainly areas east of I-65.  This upper level low...
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  • Midday Update On Storms Moving This Way

    Posted on: 11:31 am, April 18, 2013, by

    A line of thunderstorms slowly presses eastward approaching noon. Look at the line of tornado watches up to our west....
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  • Timing Of Strong/Severe Storms Thursday Night/Friday Morning

    Posted on: 9:57 am, April 17, 2013, by

    It’s that time of year. Whenever a strong cold front approaches the Tennessee Valley, the potential for severe weather exists....
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  • Strong Storms Expected Thursday

    Posted on: 8:44 am, April 10, 2013, by , updated on: 09:27am, April 10, 2013

    Showers and storms to our west move in Thursday. The timing looks early for the Shoals, around lunchtime in Huntsville,...
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